Saturday, December 09, 2006

Choosing The Right Realtor In Chicago

Steps in Finding the Right Realtor in Chicago

It is important to find a Realtor who specializes in the type of real estate you wish to purchase. For example, if you wish to purchase real estate as an investment, narrow your list to only those who specialize in investment properties. This area requires knowledge of the specialized contracts used in investment properties, as well as a thorough knowledge of the available investment properties. If you wish to purchase a residence for yourself, there are several factors to consider when beginning your search for a Realtor in Chicago. Include only those who specialize in residential real estate located in the area in which you are interested. It’s also important that the Realtor specialize in the type of residence in which you are interested. If you wish to purchase a single family residence, choose a Realtor who specializes in this type of residence; if you wish to purchase a condo, choose a Realtor who specializes in condos. This is especially important for a condo, because condo contracts are quite different from single-family home contracts. You definitely want your Realtor to be familiar with the type of contract that you will be signing!

Check Out the Office

Now that you’ve narrowed your search down, look into the realty office that each Realtor is associated with. Make sure that it is an experienced office with a large sales volume in the type of real estate in which you’re interested. Call the office to check out how phones are answered – is the person answering polite and helpful? Are messages returned quickly with the information you requested? What do agents from other offices have to say about this office?

What’s Next?

Narrow your list down to three or four Realtors and set up a meeting with each one. During each meeting, the Realtor will give you a presentation which will include references from previous clients. Contact them! Focus on the following criteria when you’re speaking with them. Does he/she value integrity over a sale? What are his/her strengths? Did he/she develop a rapport with them?

Was the Realtor easy to contact? What do they wish the Realtor had done differently?

Finally…

Examine the presentation that each agent gave you, as well as the responses from the references. Think back to each meeting. Did you seem to “hit it off” with one of the Realtors? Make your choice based on all of these criteria and call each agent to inform him/her of your decision.

(Yes, even those you didn’t choose. It’s the polite thing to do.) And, once you’ve chosen your agent, listen to his/her advice and discuss items you don’t understand.

Now You’re Prepared!

Now you’re prepared to begin your search for a professional Realtor in Chicago who has the resources to assist you in buying a home or other real estate in the perfect location. It may be a long process, but it is definitely worth the time it takes. Purchasing real estate is an important step to take, and one that you will be living with for several years to come. Just call or “click” to contact your broker and get it on Chicago’s real estate market.

About The Author: Paul Gorney is a real estate expert and writer for various real estate publications in the U.S. An agent can help you learn how to find a Top-Tier agent when you need to buy or sell in Chicago. http://www.agentsacrossamerica.com/articles/Chicago-Real-Estate-Agent.asp

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